evolving digital society

The evolving digital society: concepts, discourses, structures

The digitalisation of society, politics and the economy affects the very foundations of societal life. Which theories and concepts help us to make sense of this transformation? What is the role of discourses in shaping and explaining the digital society? How will society reorganise itself through the deployment of algorithms and artificial intelligence? What are the key (infra)structures of the global digital society?

Research programme I – The evolving digital society

Hence, what distinguishes the digital society? Such fundamental questions pose a challenge for research. Empirical studies only offer answers for very specific parts of the puzzle. Long-term and comprehensive changes are hard to proof and to explain. Furthermore, research has to question whether prevalent concepts and theories are able to capture the current transformations and the emerging digital society.

Within the research programme The Evolving Digital Society we combine the study of these overarching questions in the form of studies, publications and events. Three thematic priorities are guiding this programme:

Concepts

Concepts

Which theories and concepts help us to make sense of this transformation?
Are our concepts of democracy, innovation, regulation and technology still applicable and helpful? During events and in our publication, we address fundamental theories and concepts, check if they are valid in the context of digitalisation and contribute to their development.

Discourse

Discourses

What is the role of discourses in shaping and explaining the digital society?
Discourses do not only reflect change, but take part in it by means of prioritisation, explanation and politicisation. In studies and publications, we analyse which meanings, opportunities and dangers could be ascribed to terms such as “algorithms” and “artificial intelligence”. We ask why metaphors like “cloud” or “platform” are not neutral.

Structures

Structures

How will society re-organise itself economically, politically and technologically? Answering this question, we focus on automatisation and platformisation as the fundamental driving forces of societal change. In various projects, we ask how government action changes through automatisation and which effects platforms have on the organisation of labour.

 

Current projects

Selected Publications

Publications
Conference contribution and other activities
Publications

Edited Works:

Katzenbach, C. (2017). Die Regeln digitaler Kommunikation. Governance zwischen Norm, Diskurs und Technik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Publication details

Books:

Katzenbach, C. (2017). Die Regeln digitaler Kommunikation. Governance zwischen Norm, Diskurs und Technik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Publication details

Conference contribution and other activities

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